TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, June 18, 2020:
Lacking in good sense, wisdom, judgment or discretion; lacking in meaning or purpose; lacking forethought or caution.
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
I Corinthians 2:14
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of correction will drive it far from him.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Several times in our lifetime we have made decisions that we looked back on and said to one another, "That was a foolish decision." We then tried to ask ourselves what were the reasons that made us make that decision. Did we see any so called "red flags" -- things that should have been an alert to us to reverse that decision? We also asked ourselves did we learn from it so that we would not repeat a similar decision. If we evaluate foolish decisions properly after they have been made, we will see that the evaluation process became a great learning experience for us.
Foolishness is a word that Paul used several times in the scripture. In the verse above from I Corinthians, Paul says that the "natural man," one that does not believe in Jesus as Lord, cannot understand the things of God. The concept that after we accepted Jesus as our Savior, God’s Holy Spirit lives in us seems as foolishness. The natural man lacks understanding and cannot understand spiritual truths. Only the believer can understand the things of the spirit.
Understanding God's message to us and to the world, as given in His Word, has nothing to do with one's intelligence. The message that God sent His Son into the world to die on the cross as a condemned criminal in order to save a world of sinners who rejected and denied Him cannot be comprehended by the human mind, no matter how intelligent a person might be. The spiritual eyes of the unbeliever are blinded and they cannot see the truth. That is because God’s way of thinking is not our way of thinking.
Jesus was rejected by the Jews as their Messiah when He came into the world because He did not fit their concept of what they thought he should be. They expected Him to come as a conquering King who would restore the throne of David. Instead he came as a humble servant to suffer and be crucified on a cross to save us from our sins.
In I Corinthians 1:18-19 Paul said, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are saved (and have accepted Jesus as Savior) it is the power of God. For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." We cannot trust in our own wisdom but we can trust in the wisdom of our all-knowing, all powerful God.
In Proverbs 22:15 (above), the writer reminds us that foolishness is in the heart of a child but correction will drive that foolishness from the child. The word foolishness in Hebrew means silliness, perverseness and careless of body. The rod of correction cannot change the sin nature, but it can subdue the foolish desires of our sinful nature because it demonstrates that foolish acts have consequences. Without correction children will continue to do foolish things because they do not understand the danger.
Foolishness is a form of sin according to Proverbs 24:9 and according to Mark 7: 21-23 sin originates in the heart. Ecclesiastics 7:25 tells us that foolishness is a sign of wickedness. Unlike wisdom, the foolishness of sin is inborn. The consequence of foolishness, according to the scripture, brings sorrow to people and keeps us from knowing God and increases our spiritual blindness.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 3:3 AMP.
Jesus answered him, I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again, he cannot ever see and experience the kingdom of God.
Thank You for opening my spiritual eyes so that I can see that the gospel message of salvation is not foolishness. Help my family today to live a life style that others will see Christ through our actions and words. May foolishness not be seen in our lives. Help us to honor Your name and may we be challenged each moment to serve You to our very best.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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